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    Im looking to buy a Vectra V6 3.0 CDTi in the next few days but a main concearn of mine is weather the timing is belt or chain driven?

    The car in question is '04 with 32k on the clock, serviced at 21k. To me this seems a bit sparse on the servicing front but i hear that the standard service intervals for this engine is 20k? Anything to be concearned about?

    I have driven BMW's for the last lot of years, so apologies for lacking in the vauxhall knowledge department.

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    Welcome m8. Don't know if it is a belt or chain and funnily enough I asked yesterday. I'm sure if Mark (GSI3.2 on here) is on he will tell you which it is. The change is scheduled at 10 years or 100,000 miles for the prefacelift and the facelift is not even on the schedule

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    hi mate
    if it's a belt, then vaux reccomend changing it after 4 years or 40,000 miles
    I've just had mine done

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    If memory serves me right isn't it 4 years on the 1.8 but he was asking about the V6 CDTi which is 10 years

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    jez, cheers for the speedy replies guys. Just found the other forum areas so now i can get cracking!!

    10yrs sounds great BTW

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    its a pre-facelift. can anyone confirm this 100k interval for definate or advise on where I can get my hands on some tech info??

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    Service schedule in my 03 booklet says every 10 years/100,000 miles for that engine.

    I know Mark (GSi3.2) would say the same thing as me here - I'd never leave a belt in for that length of time. Past 50,000 miles and you really want to be looking at getting it done. The cost of getting a new belt fitted is nothing compared to the cost if it goes on you.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^

    he's right you know.... you won't catch me leaving a belt on that long.. it's just asking for trouble..on that V6 CDti i'd be thinking about changing it around 50-60K as it;s a whole heck of a lot cheaper than the damage it will cause if it snaps

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    I know this is off-topic, but my partner's Astra 1.7DTI has done 60K miles and is 6years old, and the manual suggests changing the cambelt at 100,000 or after 10 years. Would anyone advise changing the belt now?

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    Yep, I definitely would.

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